Friday, September 30, 2011

Happy Friday!

I hope you've all had a great week! Any big plans for the weekend? I'll be shooting Grace Bonney's, queen of Design Sponge, book signing, at Anthropologie in Vancouver tomorrow night. If you're attending, please say hi. I'll be hanging out with Jan, of Poppytalk, as well!

I leave you with a couple of images from a shoot for House and Home, the other day. Can't wait to show you the entire, amazing, home!



Have a lovely weekend!

Back on Sunday!
Janis

Monday, September 26, 2011

Baked


Hello new week! My last super busy week for a bit and, I have to admit, I'm looking forward to a wee break. How's your week shaping up?

These cookies help me when I'm glued to my computer. So good. I make them with spelt and whole wheat flour, and they taste just as good as using all purpose flour. My wheat experiment continues ;)

Double Chocolate Macadamia Cookies - makes about 24


1/2 cup whole wheat flour*
1/2 cup spelt flour*
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup golden brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup mixed white and dark chocolate, chopped into pieces
3/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts
* you can substitute the whole wheat and spelt flours for one cup all purpose. 

Preheat oven to 350f/180c. 
Whisk together the flours and baking soda in a medium bowl. In another bowl, cream the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla, mixing well. Add the flour mixture and mix together well. Add the chocolate pieces and nuts and blend well. Drop by spoonfuls onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet, leaving an inch or two between each. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until golden brown around edges. Cool on a wire rack, then enjoy!



Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sunday Observations

I have to admit, I was very happy to wake up to side-ways rain, as I had heaps of editing to do from the past week. It's amazing how fast things can snowball. Ouch.

Other than editing hundreds of images, this is what I observed today......


I sewed up a set of coasters, with vintage fabric, and baked some house shaped cookies, to add to a house warming gift. I love the abstract floral pattern.

That was my Sunday. What did you get up to? Hope you had a lovely day!

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Janis

Friday, September 23, 2011

Hello Autumn, See You Summer

Happy first day of autumn! Are you an autumn person? I think it just may be my favourite season...well, at least the first month of it. ;)

If you find yourself in Abbotsford tomorrow, be sure to check out the Fieldstone Vintage Market. I had a sneak peek at some of the vendors, and it's looking pretty fantastic. Maybe see you there?


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Janis

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A Morning at the Cross


Happy mid-week! How's your week going so far? Mine's another busy one, but fun. Thought I'd share some images from a shoot I did at the Cross - a lovely shop here in Vancouver. They have a great mix of  product that will suit the girly girl (or boy), to the not-so girly girl (that would be me!).





If you live the in the Vancouver area, I'm sure you're familiar with The Cross. If you don't live in the area, lucky for you they have an online shop. ;)

The winner of my calendar give away is......
Mise of Pretty Far West! Whoohoo!

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janis

Monday, September 19, 2011

Baked


How're you all doing? Hope your Monday has been a good one!

I baked some rice pudding for a little brunch this weekend, perfect for the sudden change in weather. I've never been a huge rice pudding fan, so for this recipe I used coconut milk instead of cream (I don't like a real creamy taste), and brown rice, because I seem to still be on this health kick, though I have to say, I think I like brown rice better ;) It turned out well, I'm happy to say.

Baked Rice Pudding with Cherries and Pears - serves about 6

2 cups cooked brown or white rice
1 400mg can coconut milk (I used a light version)
1 vanilla bean, split down centre, and seeds scraped out
1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup dried tart cherries
1 cup chopped pears (any kind will do. I used bosc)
Juice and zest of one lemon
1/2 cup sliced roasted pecans (to top)

Lightly spray a 8 inch square glass baking dish with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 375f.
Chop up pears in small cubes and toss, in a small bowl, with the juice and zest of one lemon. Set aside.



In a large bowl mix together, rice, coconut milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla bean seeds, cinnamon, cherries and pears. Spread mixture evenly in the prepared baking dish. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.



Remove foil, stir and continue baking for about another 20 minutes, uncovered, until the rice is really tender. Allow to cool a little before eating. Top with some chopped pecans. Voila. So good.


Do you like rice pudding? I think it's either a love or hate thing. Let me know if you give it a try!

One more little reminder - if you missed Friday's post, click here to enter the give away. I'll make the draw sometime on Wednesday the 21st. Bonne chance!

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Janis

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sunday Observations

Hi all! Hope you've had a lovely Sunday. Here's a little of my day...

Robert Edmond's show opening is September 21st at Walrus, in Vancouver. If you're in the Vancouver area, come on by! Hope to see you there. 

I was included in Flea Market Style Magazine's favourite blogs (in various categories), along with 5 other blogs, including a friend of mine, Heather


One more thing - I posted a give away on Friday. Click here to see what it is! 

That was a bit of my day. What did you get up to? 

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janis

Friday, September 16, 2011

A Friday Thank You


I've just wrapped up a really interesting work week. I've shot some beautiful homes, a fabulous blogger, and two talented designers, plus I added my 2012 calendar to my shop. I will post pics from the shoots after all the magazines, involved, publish first. Damn. I'm not overly patient. ;)

Since it has been a busy week, I missed my Wednesday post. To make up for it, I'm giving away one of my 2012 calendars, to thank all of my "followers" (I'm not really a fan of that word, are you?) for taking the time to read my posts, and sending lovely and encouraging emails. It's so appreciated. All you need to do is leave a comment so you're in the draw. I'll make the draw on Wednesday September 21st. I will ship anywhere, by the way!

Here are a few of the months...


One last thing. I did a guest post over at the beautiful Appleturnover all about one of my favourite shooting techniques - TTV. It was part of her "tried and true" series. Click here for more!

I hope you all have a great weekend! Back soon.
Janis

Monday, September 12, 2011

Baked


Hello Monday! Hope you all had a great weekend. We've been enjoying a very late summer, here in Vancouver, but I'm kind of looking forward to fall, I must admit. We saw heaps of B.C. apples at the market this weekend, which put baked apples in my mind. If you have any leftovers, they are perfect for breakfast too. ;)


Baked Stuffed Apples - makes about 6

6 medium gala apples, cored (not right through)
1/2 cup rolled quick oats 
1 tablespoon ground flax seed
1/3 cup chopped mixed nuts (I used pecans, cashews and almonds)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
pinch of salt 

Preheat oven to 350f/180c.
Mix together all ingredients, in a medium size bowl. Core each apple (not right through to bottom!), then cut the hole just a little wider, to allow for more filling. 



Spoon mixture into each apple, filling to the top. Place in a glass 8 inch by 8 inch baking dish, and cover with foil. I also always place a pan of water on bottom rack of oven to create a little steam to help bake apples. I was told this years ago, and I continue to obey. 



Bake apples for about 60-75 minutes, depending on type and size of apple. Keep checking so they don't turn into apple sauce. Yikes. Allow to cool, then serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzle a little maple syrup over top. Yum. 


It's like an apple crisp shoved into one little apple! I've also made these with cooked quinoa as well. So good, and even better for you...didn't want to get too carried away. 

Have a great day!
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Janis

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sunday Observations



A fantastic mid-century shop called "Wow", here in Vancouver. 

That was a little of my Sunday. Got up early to watch the 9•11anniversary event, hung out in the garden, looked for bedside tables, and played with my film cameras.  What did you get up to? Hope you had a perfect weekend!

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janis

Friday, September 9, 2011


My week kind of felt like this.  How was yours?  Have a great weekend!

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janis

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Computer Crash and a Good Book


Hope your week is going well so far!

I've had a day of my computer crashing before I've hit "save", while working in my boiling hot office (at home). I had to take a break, before I did something rash, so I poured my coffee into a jar, grabbed a blanket, my new book, and headed to the park. Best thing I've done all day ;)

I wanted to share this fantastic new book by Tereasa Surratt, with you. Tereasa is a creative director at ad agency Ogilvy, and owner, along with her husband, of Camp Wandawega located in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. The entire book is shot at the camp. It's a place I definitely plan to check out very soon!

They purchased the old camp, renovated the crumbling and very old cabins, and filled them with "found, free and flea" objects, spending no more than $150 per room. Amazing.  It's beautifully shot by a load of talented photographers. Here are a few snippets from the book...




This book is filled with inspiring images, tips and hints on navigating flea markets, collecting, and d.i.y's. For more on the multi-talented Ms. Surratt, check out her blog. Click here for a little more info on the book, and a very cute trailer.  


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Janis

Monday, September 5, 2011

Baked


Well, that's a wrap for our labour day long weekend. Hope you all had a fun one! We've ended ours with a baby shower (for my new niece, Alice), and some really good cupcakes. I had to make sure the remaining cupcakes went with anyone but me. I cannot be trusted. The combo of almond and orange is just too much.

Almond Cupcakes with Orange Glaze - makes about 48 mini cakes

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup almond meal (finely ground almonds)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk


Orange Glaze

2 cups icing sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon orange extract
Food colouring

To make cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 350f/180c.
In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, then add almond extract. In another bowl, whisk together flour, almond meal, baking powder and salt - stir into butter mixture alternately with milk, making 3 additions of dry ingredients and 2 of milk. Spoon batter into paper lined cupcake tin.
Bake for about 20 minutes, or until skewer, inserted in centre of cupcake, comes out clean. Transfer to cooling rack to cool completely before icing.


To make glaze:
In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients. You want this to be quite runny, not a thick icing. Spread over tops of cupcakes, and eat immediately!



These are so easy to make, and a recipe I use often! Again, almond and orange. Mmmm.

It's so late in the day, so I hope your Monday was a good one!

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janis

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Sunday Observations

Thanks to my pal NIkki for the fab train case!



What did you get up to today? Hope you had a lovely Sunday!

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Janis